Beloved actor Robin Williams passed away at his home in Tiburon, California earlier today at the age of 63, from what appears to be suicide by asphyxiation. Here's the official statement from The Marin County Sheriff's Office.
"On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff's Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.
An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff's Office. Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00 pm on August 10, 2014. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1 call was placed to Marin County Communications. At this time, the Sheriff's Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted."
Robin Williams was born on July 21, 1951 in Chicago, the great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother Laura was a former model from New Orleans while his father Robert was a senior executive for the Ford Motor Company. After briefly pursuing a career in politics, he enrolled at the Julliard School in 1973, where he was one of only 20 students accepted into the freshman class, and one of only two to be accepted into the advanced program, alongside Christopher Reeve. He left the school in 1976.
After appearing on Laugh-In, The Richard Pryor Show and Eight Is Enough in 1977, the actor was cast as an alien named Mork in a 1978 episode of Happy Days, which was so popular it received its own spin-off, Mork & Mindy, which ran from 1978 to 1982. He also began to expand his stand-up comedy career with three HBO specials that aired in 1978, 1982 and 1986. He also hosted The Academy Awards in 1986, just before his feature film career began to take off.
The actor starred in the 1987 hit Good Morning, Vietnam, which earned him his first Oscar nomination. He was also nominated for Dead Poets Society and The Fisher King before his first Oscar win for Good Will Hunting in 1997. Among his other big-screen hits are Hook, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Patch Adams, Night at the Museum, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and this year's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, where he reprises his role from the first two adventures as Teddy Roosevelt.
Robin Williams most recently starred in The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, and he provides the voice of Dennis the Dog in the upcoming Absolutely Anything. He is survived by his third wife Susan Schnieder and his children Zachary, Zelda and Cody from his first two marriages.
We'll keep you posted with any more updates into the actor's tragic death as soon as more information is released.